Sunday, February 22, 2015

2-17-15 Stayed Put!

Hello Everyone!
This week was good and busy!
- Transfers: a surprise for everyone, I stayed in Coal Creek.  None of us saw this all.  But it will be good.  Hopefully I'll get to see a few more things happen while I am here.  The ward is very excited they get to "kill" me. (That means a missionary finishes with you and goes home.)  They haven't had the chance to "kill" one in a while and they are already having fun teasing me about it.
- My new companion is Sister Marshall.  She is from Utah and is 24.  She has been on her mission for 14 months.
- had some great lessons this week; saw some great progression!
- had zone meeting this week.  It was so spiritual!  Great trainings.
- Daniel's baptism went so good!!  Of course, I was crying.  I was so happy for that family. The confirmation didn't go quite as well haha.  They showed up late for church and so we have to do it next week...hope they come lol!

Sorry there isn't too much to report this week.  Yes, it was busy, but with lots of small things to get ready for transfers and the baptism.  haha Sorry, I know this is boring and doesn't sound like I am doing good, but I am!  I hope you have a great week!  Talk to you next week with hopefully more to say! Love you, Sister Grossman

Sunday, February 15, 2015

2-9-15 Miracles! Miracles are everywhere!

Sorry I have slacked on writing a big letter!  It's go time!  Lots to cover in a small amount of time!
-  Things are still on track for Daniel's baptism!  His interview is tomorrow.  Dad will be back in town the end of this week.  The schedule is set and hopefully all the kinks are worked through!  We are so excited!  We have really come to love this family so much!  I am so excited that he decided to get baptized before transfers so that I can be there for it.
-Toshi.  Toshi is from Japan and is here on a 3 month business trip.  He wants to learn English and knows that Americans go to church on Sunday.  So he looked at a bunch of different churches and likes ours the best.  He has been coming for 4 weeks now.  Toshi was raised Buddhist, but doesn't really know much of anything about God.  He wants to learn more about Jesus Christ.  So now he is our new investigator!! He asks the best question!!  Like, why do we need Jesus Christ to save us? and How did Jesus Christ always know which way was right? (as in choosing to be righteous).  There is a huge communication barrier but thankfully the church is a small world and we have two people who alternate coming to our lessons to translate (they both served their missions in Japan) and make sure he understands everything. Toshi is amazing!  He is so sweet and humble.  He doesn't understand that this is what we do, teach people about Jesus Christ. He is so thankful that we take the time with him.
- the Kers.  No not that Ker a different Ker.  We have been teaching their 7yr old daughter Natalie before her baptism. She just got baptized on Saturday and they asked Sister Bush and I to speak!!  It meant so much to us!  Toshi came to watch the baptism too!  Brother Ker even helped us detail our car for Zone Conference but we still didn't win :(
- Work has been going good.  Lots of people progressing and coming to church.  We've been reading the Book of Mormon with Julie Sargent and we left one day just finishing the 6th chapter and she texts us the day before our next appointment telling us she doesn't understand chapter 13 and we are going to need to go back and explain it to her!!  So great!!  Her daughter is even coming to church with her now and loves young womens!!  Brother Ker, the other Brother Ker, Mike in the Sable ward,  was joking around with us on Saturday telling us, "you know what this means right? You have people progressing, baptisms, the work is going great, the ward is're getting transferred :)  We have a sinking feeling he might be right....
- Superbowl Sunday: we ate dinner with Jessie that night and she is a HUGE Patriots fan.  So we were voluntold that we are now Pats fans as well.  So my team one!!! hahaha but we were well informed by her cheering or moans of what was going on during the game lol.
- We had Zone Conference on Wednesday.  This was a big day as it was my last zone conference which means I had to give a departing testimony.  There are 3 zones in attendance; at the end of the meeting,everyone who will be going home in this transfer or the next gets up and bears a short testimony.  It's your last "make it count" to everyone.  So hard to do, but even harder to sit down afterwards because it was final, it was over.  I just sat there silently crying.  I talked about how I will miss being people's hope.  How in my darkest times, Christ was there.  He was the hand reaching out and not everyone can see that hand.  We get to be the one that shines the light, spotlights his hand I guess you could say.  We get to show people there is a better way.  And I will really miss that.  I also talked about how I realized how important the gospel was to me, that it isn't up there on the list, but it is the top.  It was a great opportunity, I just wish I could remember more of what I said haha.  I felt the spirit so strongly though.
- Health: still sick. still working.  We've been taking it easy for a few days and the rest has definitely helped.  Still have a nasty cough, although the antibiotics were gone on Friday.  Might go to a doctor tomorrow.  I talked to the mission doctor and he said he wants me to get a picture of my chest just to make sure it isn't walking pneumonia.  But honestly, it hasn't been too bad.  Some days are worse than others.  If I can stop talking maybe the coughing wouldn't be so bad, but we all know I am no good at that :)
- Cool spiritual thought I had:  after Toshi's question "how did Jesus Christ always know how to pick the right?"  We all went around the classroom trying to answer  (it was in gospel essentials that we had this conversation.)  As one man was talking, something he said really made me think.  He mentioned that Jesus Christ knew his purpose and he understood just how important it was.  He always chose right because it was essential to fulfilling his purpose.  Part of our purpose in being down here is to learn and make mistakes, but if we understood just how important OUR purpose was, I think we would choose wrong a whole lot less of the time.  We often forget who we are, how important we are, and how much of a difference we make.  Just a little tidbit of a thought.
Well I think I better wrap up.  I'm running low on time and I can't remember what else there is to tell.  So I love you all and may or may not see you on Monday of next week since it will be transfers.  Have a fabulous week! 
Love, Sister Grossman

Sunday, February 1, 2015

1-26-15 There is Sunshine in my Soul Today!

Hello all!!
What a great week this has been!  Long, but great!  So many miracles and so much happiness!
- Ok so my health wasn't that great this week.  We had to stay home quite a bit.  I am now a walking pharmacy as so many members of the ward were so nice and gave me lots of things to help.  But with all that, I still ended up going to the doctor and she gave me a few things as well.  She thinks it is just a virus that is taking a little longer since we are now going on week 3.  We will see if she is right.  But I am feeling much better!
- Had exchanges.  I got to go to two district meetings!!  One of them was the Spanish district so I got to stand with them and recite our purpose in Spanish!  All those language studies with Sister Rodriguez paid off!  Got to teach some great lessons.
- Interviews were great with President and Sister Mendenhall, although all of us were comparing things he said regarding transfers and big changes are coming we feel!  I think this will be my last transfer in Coal Creek.  If I have to guess, I think I am going to Brighton or Arapaho.  But we will see!
- At dinner with the 1st counselor and we mentioned we were going to a LA's house after that.  As this family is very flaky, he texted the husband to see if he remembered.  He wasn't going to be there because he forgot he promised his kid he would take him to a school function. but the wife would be there, something we were not thrilled about.  He is the main push in the family for the church.  The last couple lessons we had were just with her and the kids and she seemed very indifferent about the gospel and very cold towards us.  We went anyways, super nervous.  God decided to show us to have a little more in faith in him and his work.  She was so nice!  Laughing and talking with us.  She participated in the lesson, agreed to let us come and prepare her 7yr old for baptism and when asked what we could do for her family, she said, "Just keep coming back!"  Well sure we can do that!!  It was such a great night; we were so happy!
- If I haven't already mentioned it, we do a zone blitz every Saturday.  That is where all the missionaries in the whole zone come to one area and tract it all.  Found a couple good potentials for them!  Got to use Spanish quite a bit.  Although I'm in trouble when they start talking to me thinking I can speak Spanish when I finished my memorized spiel of who we are and what our purpose is.  Super awkward when I say no hablas espanol. They are pretty confused.  But it was enough to get other missionaries back so oh well! 
- Had a great lesson with Tom (not sure if you remember him from when I was back with Sister Bracey).  This is only the second time we have taught him; he is so busy.  But it was a great lesson and we set up a tentative time with him for this coming week.
-  Had FHE with the Owens again.  We read in I Ne 11 and it talked about Christ's sacrifice, the miracles he performed, and him getting baptized.  We discussed how out of everything they could have mentioned it was those 3 things.  It was a great discussion seeing as how three out of four of them are not baptized!  The Dad (LA) accepted 2 callings while we were there (the 1st counselor in the bishopric came with us) and one of them is a Sunday calling!  He said they would all be at church next week!
I feel like this is only a few of the good things that happened this week!  But I can't think of anymore specifics.  We just had a great week full of little and big miracles.  Lots of needed things happened, like our ward mission leader finally stepping up.  I am just so happy.  I sat in sacrament meeting looking around at everyone just realizing how much I love these people and love being a missionary.  I am so thankful for this opportunity to show me where my priorities are.  I have never been as happy as when serving God's children, which allows me to feel his love for them.  I love these verses in 1 Nephi 11:21 And the angel said unto me: Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father! Knowest thou the meaning of the tree which thy father saw?
 22 And I answered him, saying: Yea, it is the love of God, which sheddeth itself abroad in the hearts of the children of men; wherefore, it is the most desirable above all things.
 23 And he spake unto me, saying: Yea, and the most joyous to the soul
God's love is the most desirable thing, no matter how much we try and trick ourselves into thinking otherwise.  And as it said in verse 23, it is the one thing that will make us the most happy.  When we feel lost, alone, and discouraged, we should turn to God.  His love will lighten our burdens and help us see that we are not alone.  Seek out that love and let it brighten your day.  I love you all.  Thank you for your support.  I am thankful for this time to be serving and to become who the Lord needs me to be.  Have a great week!
Love, Sister Grossman